[Apologies in advance, these are simple questions... if there's a FAQ I missed, maybe someone could point me to it!]
So last month I spent some time in the states and was rather disappointed to compare their internet experience to ours.
When I discussed our Traffic Caps - they were horrified. The notion of traffic caps is alien to Americans. I had a play with Netflix and was impressed. Can't see anything like that happening here with our current structure.
So to my very n00b question - I can understand charging for traffic coming through the SCC, but I don't know why it costs me to transfer data to my next-door neighbor, who is on the same ISP as me!
Didn't the ISPs in NZ years ago (before 2000?) differentiate between traffic rates to local vs overseas sites? What needs to be done to make in-country traffic free again?
Secondly, this is interesting. Tracert from my home connection (Telstraclear DSL) to my work (Citynet) goes through San Francisco. Is that an efficient way to run the internet?
I understand the issue with both questions is regarding Peering... I'm gonna do some research here because it strikes me that there's a bit of emperor's-new-clothes going on here.